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Recommended Databases for Classical Studies   Tags: ancient, archaeology, classical studies, classics, epigraphy, greek, latin, numismatics  

Use this database guide to find databases for Classical Studies research.
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2012 URL: http://databases.library.duke.edu/content.php?pid=352271 Print Guide RSS Updates
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Core databases

  • L'Annee Philologique
    L'Annee Philologique is the primary periodical index for Classical Studies, indexing articles selected from 1,000 journals, dealing with all aspects of Greco-Roman antiquity, including history, literature, art, religion, folklore, early Christian texts, papyrology, and science. Content covers from prehistory to the middle of the eighth century AD.
  • Brill's New Pauly
    This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of the ancient world.
  • Dyabola
    Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut: Indexes books, articles and essays on antiquities, art and archaeology in the ancient Middle Eastern, classical, early Christian, Byzantine, and early Medieval periods. Some overlap with Zenon.
  • Tables of contents of journals of interest to classicists [electronic resource] : TOCS-IN.
    TOCS-IN provides access to a selection of 185 journals in the Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion, beginning in 1992.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Gracae
    Dictionary and thesaurus of Greek.
  • Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina & Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
    Dictionary and thesaurus of Latin.
  • Zenon
    Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut. Zenon searches the following collections: The Archaeological Bibliography of the Rome, Berlin, Athens and Istanbul departments, the Bibliography on the Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula and the Bibliography of the Archaeology of Eurasia. Some overlap with Dyabola.

Ancilary databases

  • JSTOR
    This is an archive of full text articles and includes indexing for 58 classical studies journals. (L'Annee is not full text but indexes over 1000).
  • Web of Knowledge
    This is a citation index, and is slightly less accurate if you're doing a subject search. In it you can track the bibliography of a particular article, as well as all the articles which subsequently cite it. It is, however, one of the most extensive databases of scholarly information and for comprehensive searching, one of the essential tools.
  • WorldCat
    This is a union catalog which accesses over 55,000 members libraries in the United States and overseas. If you wanted to find every English title on a particular topic, you must search here. It also includes foreign language titles, but only if they've been acquired by member libraries. See your librarian if you need to do comprehensive searching in foreign languages.

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